Nov. 20th, 2016- The Ford Ecoboost 400 race was held at Homestead-Miami speedway to determine a 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Although every racer showed great determination, only one could come out on top. Ironically, Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports, the racer who came out on top, started the race at the very bottom, due to a ruling of illegal modifications to his car. Johnson had previously qualified 14th for the race, but was pushed back to start at car 40 after the ruling.
Johnson may have started at the back of the pack, but it took him no time to get right up next to his ‘Chase for the Sprint Cup’ competitors, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and
This win marked Johnson’s 80th win overall and 7th championship title. This was Johnson’s first championship since 2013. Prior to 2013 he had won five straight championship titles from 2006-2010 so it’s safe to say that many of his fans were ready for another one. At age 41, this championship win marked Johnson as the youngest driver to ever win 7 titles. The only other drivers to have done this were Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Giving his helmet to Tony Stewart as a ‘going away gift’ in honor of Stewart’s last season and race, Johnson proved that he is not only a great racer, but a great competitor as well. We are eager to see how this win will effect the racers, especially Johnson in the upcoming 2017 season.